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MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur Confuses Insurance with Gasoline

John on April 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm

As expected, the first line of defense against the budget cuts proposed by Paul Ryan will be to demagogue the issue of Medicare cuts. Ryan’s budget essentially turns the system into a subsidy for premiums. Over on MSNBC, Cenk Uygur is so busy demagoguing he can’t even parse what “premium support” means. Listen to how he talks about this.

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Cenk, let me explain something to you since you seem to be struggling. Insurance is not like gasoline. The money that people pay to insurers is referred to as a “premium.” This is not meant as a rating of the octane in their coverage. It’s not like people have a choice between paying a premium or opting for a regular. No. Whatever level of coverage they choose, their payment to the insurer is called a premium.

So when Paul Ryan’s budget suggests a “premium support” plan this is not a “euphemism” and it certainly isn’t “Orwellian” double-talk. It just means that in Ryan’s plan you will get a subsidy to pay your insurance payments. It’s premium support not PREMIUM support. See the difference?

You really have to wonder how this got on the air at MSNBC. Was there no one on set or in the control room who saw the flaw in Cenk’s rant? Perhaps Paul Ryan has overestimated his opposition. Then again, it doesn’t take much to be a demagogue on MSNBC these days, just a thrill up the appropriate appendage.

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